Menopause in the Mainstream Spotlight
How regularly do you see menopause spoken about on TV? Perhaps on Loose Women, or occasionally on the news when there’s been a new piece of menopause-related research released; but how often do you see it featured on programmes aimed specifically at a younger audience, or on the shows you all sit down to watch together as a family?
Well, over the past couple of months, menopause has been a key storyline on several popular TV shows, from BBC Three’s Fleabag to ITV1 primetime soap and Emmerdale and even ITVBe reality show the Real Housewives of Cheshire.
Fleabag: Showing Menopause as ‘Liberating’ to a Younger Audience
Hit BBC Three comedy drama Fleabag, written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, is primarily aimed at a younger audience, and a recent episode in its second series featured a monologue about menopause by guest star Kristin Scott Thomas.
Her character was talking about what it meant to be a woman, saying: “We have it all going on in here inside, we have pain on a cycle for years and years and years, and then just when you feel you are making peace with it all, what happens? The menopause comes, the f***ing menopause comes and it is the most wonderful f***ing thing in the world.
“And yes, your entire pelvic floor crumbles and you get f***ing hot and no one cares, but then you’re free, no longer a slave, no longer a machine with parts. You’re just a person.”
By using a combination of strong language and humour, this speech spoke about menopause in a way that would make women sit up and take notice, introducing the idea that it can be a liberating, happy time to younger viewers.
For many, this will be a whole new perspective to the discourse they’ve heard around menopause in the past, but that’s exactly what we at Menopause Supplements are passionate about promoting.
You can continue to feel fabulous in menopause, you can manage your hot flushes and you can take on symptoms like vaginal dryness - you just need to find the right treatments. The Femarelle® supplements we stock can help with all of this, thanks to the DT56a they contain, which can mimic the effects of your own natural oestrogen to keep you feeling comfortable and confident.
Emmerdale: Bringing Menopause to Family-Friendly TV
In ITV1’s Emmerdale, character Rhona Goskirk, played by Zoe Henry, is going to be shown struggling with the impact menopause has on her relationship after having to undergo a hysterectomy.
This is something that many women go through, as loss of libido can be a common menopause symptom, while vaginal dryness caused by a drop in oestrogen levels can mean sex is the last thing on a woman’s mind. Meanwhile, difficulty sleeping and weight gain resulting from a disrupted metabolism can affect your confidence, further impacting on your sex life.
All of these symptoms are caused by a drop in your oestrogen levels, so it’s important to open up to your partner about how you’re feeling, and to find a way to rebalance your hormones. DT56a, which is derived from soy, and is found in Femarelle® supplements, can help you with this, by taking on the role of natural oestrogen in your body.
As a result, this could help you to feel better in yourself, and more confident in your relationship too.
Emmerdale is putting menopause in front of a family audience, which will help to show that it’s a topic that’s okay to talk about, and that there doesn’t have to be a stigma around it.
Real Housewives of Cheshire: Showing You Can Get a Hold on Menopause Symptoms
Meanwhile, Seema Malhotra of the Real Housewives of Cheshire has also been speaking out about menopause, using her platform on the show to raise awareness of what women can experience at this stage in their lives.
In an interview with the Manchester Evening News, she admitted: “I literally hit a brick wall with it. Once you know what’s wrong with you, that’s half the problem solved.”
By talking about her menopause experience, Seema is likely to be helping more women to understand what’s happening to their bodies, further helping to break the taboo that can still surround the topic.
Once you’ve recognised that you’re going through menopause, you can start to explore which treatment will be best for you. If you’re interested in going down the natural route, you can find out more about the Femarelle® supplements we mentioned earlier here.